Your Radiation Therapy Plan
The first step in deciding the role of radiation therapy is to determine where the cancer is, where the cancer may be, and where it is not. This is called staging. Once the staging is complete, the next step is to determine the goals of the patient and the family.
At this point, teamwork with other physicians is critical. A treatment plan needs to be developed in a way that all cancer specialists for that particular malignancy are in agreement. We have a wide array of specialists both in Kenosha and Milwaukee through the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network.
Another key element is to develop a cancer treatment plan over a time horizon of days in order to avoid unnecessary delay. That is why we see patients in consultation on average 2 to 3 days after a referral has been requested. We then incorporate modern approaches in collaboration with other physician specialists such as virtual tumor boards. In these settings advanced physicians super-specialized for a particular disease review the biopsy, images, and findings to arrive at patient oriented next best steps. Radiation therapy is then applied using the most modern approaches and techniques in a way that is consistent with the philosophies of an entire team of advanced specialists.